Health Statistics: Shaping Policy and Practice to Improve the Populations Health

Hardcover | June 8, 2005

EditorDaniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, R. Gibson Parrish

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Health statistics have been an essential tool for improving the health of populations for centuries, yet no single book covers the key elements in developing, using, and improving them. This volume fills that crucial gap by providing a comprehensive account of the essential concepts andcomplex underpinnings of health statistics. It gives a broad and detailed view of the sources and uses of health statistics and explores contemporary issues confronting the health statistics enterprise, including privacy, technology, and the emergence of health data standards. It also proposesfundamental changes needed to improve health statistics that can be embraced by practitioners at all levels of government and the private sector. The book is guided throughout by a comprehensive model of population health that expands the traditionally held view of what factors influence health. Thechapters are grouped into five sections: 1) defining health statistics-context, history, and organization; 2) collecting and compiling health statistics; 3) putting health statistics to use; 4) identifying current and forthcoming issues and 5) transforming health statistics through new conceptualframeworks. This logical organization helps make the book suitable for graduate courses in public health and public health surveillance, health services research, population health statistics, or population health information systems. It will be equally useful for the staff of the manyorganizations that comprise the health statistics enterprise, for health professionals seeking a broader context for their efforts, and for researchers aiming to advance the field of health statistics and their application to health policy or public health practice.

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Health statistics have been an essential tool for improving the health of populations for centuries, yet no single book covers the key elements in developing, using, and improving them. This volume fills that crucial gap by providing a comprehensive account of the essential concepts andcomplex underpinnings of health statistics. It g...

Daniel J. Friedman is at Massachusettes Department of Public Health. Edward L. Hunter is at National Center for Health Statistics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:June 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Defining Health Statistics: Context, History, and Organization1. Health Statistics: Definition and Conceptual Framework2. Health Statistics in Historical Perspective3. The Health Statistics EnterpriseSection 2: Collecting and Compiling Health Statistics4. Health Statistics from Notifications, Registration Systems, and Registries5. Health Surveys6. Administrative Health Data7. Health Statistics from Non-Health Sources8. Standards and Their Use in Health Statistics9. Linking, Combining, and Disseminating Data for Understanding the Population's HealthSection 3: Using Health Statistics10. Using Health Statistics: From Data to Information to Knowledge11. Why Truth Matters: Health Statistics in Health Policy12. Health Statistics in Public Health PracticeSection 4: Identifying Current and Forthcoming Issues in Health Statistics13. Population Health Monitoring14. Privacy, Confidentiality, and Health Statistics15. New Technologies, the Internet, and Health Statistics16. Modeling Health -- the Role of Simulation Models in 21st Century Health Information SystemsSection 5: Transforming Health Statistics through New Conceptual Frameworks17. Recent Developments in Health Information: An International Perspective18. From Health Statistics to Health Information Systems: A New Path for the 21st Century19. Population Health: New Paradigms and Implications for Health Information Systems20. Health Statistics and the National Health Information Infrastructure: A View from the United StatesSumming Up: Towards a 21st Century Vision for Health StatisticsIndex